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The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

By OptimalWork

Hosted by Dr. Kevin Majeres and Sharif Younes, co-founders of OptimalWork, The Golden Hour will help you learn to challenge yourself in each hour of work according to your highest ideals. We discuss all aspects of Dr. Majeres's approach to work, which he developed in his private practice and teaches at Harvard Medical School, and show how it applies to everyday situations like professional work, study, sleep, and relationships.

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The Golden HourJan 31, 2022

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162. How to Conquer Procrastination
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161. How to Develop Lasting Motivation
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160. Punished by Rewards?
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[Rebroadcast] How to Be Generous and Still Thrive

At OptimalWork, we often emphasize generosity as a crowning ideal: a key character quality to strive for. But this raises some questions. Should you just give everything to everyone? What are the limits? What if people start to take advantage of your generosity? In this episode, we discuss how to set boundaries that will help you maximize your generosity by making it sustainable. Find more at

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[Rebroadcast] Challenging Anxiety
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153. Break Through Your Brain’s Predictions
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[Rebroadcast] Why You Should Aim for Silver Instead of Gold

[Rebroadcast] Why You Should Aim for Silver Instead of Gold

You may have a goal of achieving a high level of performance with no difficulty, no inner turmoil whatsoever. In this rebroadcast, Dr. Kevin Majeres and Sharif discuss approaching challenges in a different way: not aiming for effortless success, but rather for acceptance of difficulty and perseverance — what Dr. Majeres calls aiming for silver, rather than gold. Find more at

Jul 17, 202325:19
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[Rebroadcast] An Unconventional Way to Stop Wasting Time
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[Rebroadcast] How to Dehypnotize Yourself
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148. Why Leisure is More than Just Rest
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147. Why Growth Goals Are Better than Outcome Goals
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146. The Problem of Toxic Positivity
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145. The Best Way to Do OptimalWork
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[Rebroadcast] A Summer to Remember
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143. Why People Pleasing is a Trap
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142. Making the Most of Challenge
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141. The Inward Living of Ideals
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[Rebroadcast] How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

[Rebroadcast] How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

One of the consequences of living in threat mode is that you often feel overwhelmed. Your view of yourself and your situation becomes fixed, and you can lose your optimism. In this rebroadcast, Sharif and Dr. Kevin Majeres discussed how to regain a sense of possibility and freedom whenever you’re overwhelmed.

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139. Reframing Without Limits
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138. Is Dopamine Worth the Hype?

138. Is Dopamine Worth the Hype?

#138: There is increasing interest in dopamine, a molecule that is closely related to our experience of pleasure, reward, expectation, and motivation. It’s involved in negative processes, like overindulgence and addiction, but it can also be harnessed to set virtuous cycles in motion. Surprisingly, as Dr. Kevin Majeres and Sharif discuss, the dopamine molecule is involved in the very spiritual processes of living ideals and deepening bonds.

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137. Striving for Self-Mastery in Conversations and Meetings
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136. The War of Art
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135. How to Flourish in Work and Life
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[Rebroadcast] Turn Problems into Projects
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[Rebroadcast] How to Stop Being So Hard on Yourself
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132. Living the Ideal of Temperance
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131. The Four Degrees of Humility
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130. The Confident Mind
Feb 13, 202325:39
129. A New Approach to Mental Health
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128. Cultivating Mindfulness of the Heart
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127. The Power of Reframing
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[Rebroadcast] Early to Rise
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[Rebroadcast] Beginning the Year with High Hopes
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[Rebroadcast] A Cheerful Giver

[Rebroadcast] A Cheerful Giver

In this rebroadcast, Dr. Kevin Majeres and Sharif discuss the nature of service. Working with a spirit of service means shaping yourself so that you’re the kind of person who is ready to give cheerfully to all those around you. Although this requires that the work you’re doing be helpful, the essence lies more in the way you do it: with a willingness to form and prioritize bonds with those closest to you.

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122. Is Courage Still Relevant in the Modern World?

122. Is Courage Still Relevant in the Modern World?

#122: The classic example of a courageous person is one who can approach the possibility of death in battle. But this case has little to do with work in the modern world. Is courage, then, irrelevant? In this episode, we discuss what courage means in a modern work context and why it is not just relevant, but essential for thriving.

Dec 19, 202229:55
121. Why Motivation Is Crucial for Forming Deeper Habits
Dec 12, 202230:07
120. How to Approach Every Challenge With a Sense of Newness
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119. How Work Can Help You Integrate Conflicting Parts of Yourself
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118. An Unconventional Way to Stop Wasting Time
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117. Should You Expect Fulfillment from Your Career?
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116. How to Understand Your Strengths and Weaknesses and Keep a Growth Mindset
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115. How Scary Movies Are the Key to Overcoming Anxiety
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114. Helping Others Become Givers Instead of Takers
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